The Tree in the Courtyard

The Tree in the Courtyard

Looking Through Anne Frank's Window

eBook - 2016
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Told from the perspective of the tree outside Anne Frank's window--and illustrated by a Caldecott Honor artist--this book introduces her story in a gentle and incredibly powerful way to a young audience. The tree in the courtyard was a horse chestnut. Her leaves were green stars; her flowers foaming cones of white and pink. Seagulls flocked to her shade. She spread roots and reached skyward in peace. The tree watched a little girl, who played and laughed and wrote in a diary. When strangers invaded the city and warplanes roared overhead, the tree watched the girl peek out of the curtained window of the annex. It watched as she and her family were taken away--and when her father returned after the war, alone. The tree died the summer Anne Frank would have turned eighty-one, but its seeds and saplings have been planted around the world as a symbol of peace. Its story, and Anne's story, are beautifully told and illustrated in this powerful...
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9780385753999
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource ( pages)
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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AL_ELISABETH Jan 23, 2017

I hadn't known about this tree before. I appreciate the information in the afterword and will make a point to visit one of her saplings if I travel near one. I thought it was especially poignant when the tree wonders why so many had tried to save her but who tried to save the girl?

AL_STEFFEN Jan 11, 2017

The story of Anne Frank's chestnut tree, illustrated in soft sepia by one of my favorite illustrators - Peter McCarty. This book is a beautiful example of a picture book biography.

DPLjosie Nov 29, 2016

Beautifully illustrated and very powerful. As a retelling of Anne Frank's story you'd definitely need to know a bit more from her diary, but as a simple story of a tree's view of war it is extremely well done.


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